Friday, October 31, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10/27/14

Not much sewing going on lately...  I tried my hand at making fabric boxes, but I'm not all that  thrilled with the outcome.  I think I made them just fine, but the nature of the pattern causes excess bulk on the inside of the box that needs to be hand sewn down.  They are fine, but I don't think I'll be making any more.  Other than that, I've just been working a lot of overtime and fighting off a cold.  I'm always bummed when the weekend is over and I haven't really sewn anything to show.  Hopefully I'll have some good sewing days soon.  I'll be getting together with my mother and sister in a couple of weeks for a UFO day.  Maybe I'll finally get some of my Unfinished projects done!  I have several that are very close to completion.

Check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone else is working on today!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10/13/14

I had a bit of a fright on Sunday morning when I tried to get to my blog and it had disappeared!  I'm not sure what was going on, but after trying multiple things, I changed my Google password and my blog magically reappeared.  So glad I hadn't lost 8 years of posts!  But apparently it wasn't just me - I tried to go to someone else's blog who uses Blogger and I got the same message that it was gone.  It was kind of ironic that I hadn't posted in many months, and then when I get back into blogging it disappears.  Oh well, I'm back now.

This weekend I worked on several things.  My current favorite is the pumpkin block shown above.  Again I took the picture late in the day, so the lighting is off, but not a bad picture for using my phone.  I made it from this tutorial over at Diary of a Quilter.  Great for scraps.  I have a lot of oranges because it is one of the colors in my Dear Jane quilt, which has been a bit neglected lately.  I plan to make this into a pillow, but she also has variations for a table runner in the same tutorial.

Be sure to hop over to Judy L's blog to see what is one everyone's Design Walls today!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10/06/14

I'm in between projects right now, so I just have random things on my Design Wall today.  It came out a little dark because I took the picture last night with my phone.  There are a couple of pumpkins, and a basket block that I've been wanting to make, but after making one, decided I didn't want to make any more.  The red and black Weathervane block is for the Block Lottery that I hold in the quilting class I teach.  I hand out a pattern for a block, and students can make one or more and turn them in.  At the end of the session, I pull names from people who made them and one of those students wins all of them.  It's fun and a great way to try out new blocks and/or color combinations.

My favorite thing up there is the Preppy the Whale block.  The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman who blogs over at Oh Fransson!  I fell in love with the pattern as soon as I saw it on her blog and bought it immediately (along with a pattern for a fox and one for a hedgehog).  She has some wonderful patterns on her website, and the great thing is that they are available as PDF downloads so that you can get the pattern virtually instantly.

I also love the pumpkin with the dark background because my husband made it!  He said he wanted to make it "caveman style" (I think he's been overhearing my episodes of The Quilt Show).  He free-pieced the center and I put the borders on it. We'll see where it goes from there.  But for now it makes me smile to see it on my Design Wall.

Check out everyone's Design Walls today on Judy L's blog!